Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SEXY, INTELLIGENT COMEDY OPENS REP STAGE’S 2014-2015 SEASON

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VENUS IN FUR

By David Ives
Directed by Joseph Ritsch, Rep Stage’s co-producing artistic director

WHEN: October 1 -  October 19
WHERE:
Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland
TICKETS: General Admission: $40, Seniors (60+)/ Military: $38, Students: $15 (Must present current student ID or course schedule),   Groups: $37 for groups of 6 or more patrons.
For tickets and additional information, visit
www.repstage.org or call the box office at 443.518.1500.

PLEASE NOTE: When ordering tickets by phone, please indicate if you qualify for Senior (60+ years old), Military, HCC Staff or Student Discount prior to payment. This will ensure correct pricing.

PATRON INFORMATION

**SPECIAL SEATING: The Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center provides a variety of theatre services for patrons with special hearing, visual and mobility needs.  Requests for special seating should be made a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival by calling 443-518-1500 so that we can reserve special seating

When a young actress arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based on a 19th-century erotic novel, the playwright-director is less than impressed. But the actress’s masterful performance flips the script on the demanding creator’s expectations and turns the session into an electrifying battle of the sexes. Hailed as “seriously smart and very funny” by The New York Times, the award-winning Venus in Fur is a laugh-out-loud game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality.

David Ives’ Venus in Fur opened on Broadway in 2011 at The Manhattan Theatre Club after premiering at Classic Stage Company in 2010. Both productions were directed by Walter Bobbie. Nina Arianda, who portrayed Vanda in both productions, won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance on Broadway. The Broadway production also received a nomination for Best Play. The Rep Stage production features Kathryn Tkel (Vanda), who was seen most recently in Everyman Theatre's stunning production of By The Way, Meet Vera Stark.  Elan Zafir (Thomas), who was seen most recently in Signature Theatre's critically acclaimed Tender Napalm. Both are graduates from the MFA program at The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting.

CAST:
Thomas: Elan Zafir*
Vonda: Kathryn Tkel*

ARTISTIC TEAM
Set Designer: Daniel Ettinger**
Light Design: Joseph Walls
Sound Design: William D'Eugenio
Costume Designer: David Burdick
Properties Designer: Mollie Singer
Stage Manager: Keri Shultz*
Assistant Stage Manager: Jeane Compton

* Members Actor’s Equity Association
** Member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE

ABOUT REP STAGE
Rep Stage, a professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is celebrating its 22nd season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatre, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as professional DC Metro area theatre company and is eligible to be nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards. Performances are made possible by Howard Arts Council, Howard County Government, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the Stage of Maryland and National Endowment of the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Rep Stage is proud to be a partner of Howard County Tourism and promotion. Rep Stage’s Artistic Leadership is helmed by Co-Producing Artistic Directors Suzanne Beal and Joseph Ritsch.